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A System of Psychology

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PSYCHOLOGY, like other sciences, may be regarded as a pure science, or as a set of generalisations capable of application to practice, or as material for a philosophical construction. Mr. Thompson has treated it, for the most part, in the spirit of a scientific inquirer. He does not stop to make applications to practical questions, and although he is not without metaphysical views of his own, it is evident that he is inter-ested in psychology more for its own sake than for the sake of its bearing on his theory of the universe. There is, therefore, no need to discuss here the questions in dispute between the empirical school to which Mr. Thompson belongs and its various critics. As he has treated psychology so much in the scientific spirit, we may confine ourselves to indicating the kind of work he has done in his own special line.

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